Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Oven Fried Chicken

Trying to save your calorie overload for the holidays but still want a taste of down home southern cooking? Why not try this recipe for oven fried chicken. It saves you the calories but not the taste!

-1 Whole Chicken cut into 8 pieces
-4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
-1 Tbsp of Salt
-1 Tbsp of Black Pepper
-1 tsp of Granulated Garlic
-1Tbsp of Paprika
-1 tsp of Dried Thyme Leaves
-1 tsp of Dried Basil Leaves
-1 tsp of Dries Oregano Leaves
-2 cups of Milk
-4 cups of Vegetable oil

Use a frying pan or Cast Iron Skillet (best results)

Rinse Chicken and pat dry with a towel.

Combine next 9 items (hold back 1 cup of flour) together and set aside.

Start by dredging chicken in unseasoned flour.

Place chicken in milk and allow the milk to soak into the flour (about 3-4 minutes).

Remove chicken from milk and place into seasoned flour and coat. Seasoned flour should stick to all surfaces of chicken.

Place oil in skillet and warm to 350 degrees.

Very carefully place chicken in oil (always place product in oil going away from you body). Brown on all sides. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil (the purpose of this recipe is to reduce calorie count).

Place on a baking sheet and place into a preheated 400 degree oven. Cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve hot and crispy.

** a quick word about cast iron. A well seasoned cast iron skillet is one of the best tools you can have in a kitchen. DO NOT ever use soap on a cast iron skillet. Scrub with a metal scrub pad and wipe dry. After many uses you will notice a shinny build up, that is the seasoning of the pan and the flavor of your food will be enhanced. Again do not use soap**

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